By Godwin Joseph
Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdulahi Sule has on Wednesday presented the 2020 budget proposal of N100.52 billion only to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval.
Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, the speaker of the House who received the budget after Sule’s presentation assured the state government of speedy passage of the budget to enable the people of the state benefit from more dividends of democracy.
Gov. Sule who tagged the budget “Budget of Inclusive Development”, said that his administration’s policy is anchored on transparency, accountability and prudency for the overall development of the state and the country at large.
The governor assured the assembly of full implementation of the budget if finally passed into law for the benefit of the people of the state.
He said: “I hereby present the 2020 appropriation bill of N100,519,956,857 to you for your consideration and approval.
“A total of N56,733, 129, 610 of the budget is earmarked for Recurrent expenditure while N43,786,827,247 of the total budget is earmarked as Capital Expenditure for the year 2020 ,” he said.
Sule also used the opportunity to assure the people of the state that the budget will be used to complete all ongoing projects, provision of social services, youth empowerment programmes among others for the benefit of the people of the state.
He said that his administration would also create an enabling environment for business and other activities to thrive in the state .
The governor called on the members to give the budget proposal speedy passage to enable the state government execute developmental projects across the state.
Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, the speaker of the House assured the state government of the House’s readiness to do justice to the budget for the overall development of the state.
“I therefore call on all government agencies, ministries and parastatals (MDAs) to cooperate with the assembly so that this budget will be passed in the shortest possible time” He said.
The speaker also assured the governor of their continued commitment to partner with the executive arm in order to take the state to the next level of development.
He called on the people of the state to pray and support all leaders to enable them succeed in the task ahead of them.
It was gathered that education, science and ICT got the lion share of about N26.3billion while infrastructure and works followed with N18billion. Government and General Administration got N16.81billion, Finance, Investment and Trade N11billion while Health sector got N9.7billion as Agriculture and Water Resources comes behind with N2.44billion.